LOS ARRIEROS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than $1 million worth of marijuana in a single seizure Wednesday.
The seizure occurred when agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station were performing line watch duties and saw several people downriver carrying bundles of marijuana across the Rio Grande. As they approached the area, the smugglers had made landfall on the U.S. side and were walking northbound. The agents identified themselves as U.S. Border Patrol agents, at which time the smugglers abandoned more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana and fled back to Mexico.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.